With national pride on the uprise, it’s no wonder more and more brands are turning to the “Made in the USA” way of life. Those words carry with them an almost instantaneous association with quality and durability because, well, those beliefs are often justified. When it comes to gear, we all know the difference between quality and quantity. We can feel the difference, experience the difference, and in the case of mass-produced items with no soul, outlive the difference. It’s no wonder why the words “American-made” are so attractive to us gear junkies, the phrase is synonymous with pride in both craftsmanship and ownership.
Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of brands out there that offer imported products of a competitive quality, just look at the Swiss watch for example, but with the Fourth of July just around the corner, and the odds high that you’ll be in some sort of mobile state this holiday weekend, we want to present you with some options for the best American-made backpacks for everyday carry. So even though you may be carrying around a melting pot of various items from across the globe, rest easy knowing that at least they’ll remain safe and secure within the confines of a trusted American product. Metaphors anyone?
A tactical gear junkie favorite, this MIS (Make It Simple) Backpack adheres to military specifications with a water-resistant urethane-coated 100D nylon exterior, a self-repairing YKK zipper, external PALS webbing, and internal padded laptop pouch. Manufactured in California, it also boasts 18L of carrying capacity and a padded back and shoulder straps to ensure that no matter what you’re carrying, comfort is never compromised.
Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks Market Bag
For the minimalist, this Kletterwerks ditches the extra pockets for stability. For over 40 years the Montana-based company has made quality outdoor gear that’s no frills and all function. This Kletterwerks bag, in particular, boasts a tough nylon composition, an internal laptop pocket, padded shoulder straps for heavier loads, and one large containment pocket to house a copious amount of carry both large and small.
Topo Designs Daypack
Any Colorado-based brand that builds a daypack deserves to be trusted. In this instance, Topo Designs builds out a fantastic option that serves as an ideal travel companion on the trail or supplementary work buddy in the office. It’s built with 1000D Cordura on the exterior and coated with pack cloth on the inside for its lined compartment. Topo also outfitted this bag with leather leash tabs for securing excess gear or attaching a bike light, a saving grace for early morning or evening commutes.
Thanks to their San Francisco origins, DSPTCH designed this daypack with your tech in mind. It’s full of features to keep your gear and tech safe and secure while their patented design maintains a commitment to the essentials. There is a laptop and tablet compartment, built-in cord management system, and internal water bottle pockets. On the outside, water-repelling 1680D ballistic nylon keeps everything dry and its Mil-Spec webbing ensures the highest quality in function. The bag also comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo Backpack
Based out of San Francisco, Chrome Industries lays it all on the line in designing fashionable backpacks that are built for commuters and bike couriers. The Barrage ,for example, features a 100 percent Welded Waterproof Rollmop that includes a cargo net compression system to reduce empty space in the bag and straps together with an iconic seatbelt buckle. Chrome also places this pack under a lifetime warranty so you can rest assured that no matter what weather conditions you may experience, the Barrage Cargo will have your back.
Triple Aught Design Fast Pack Litespeed
San Francisco-based Triple Aught Design (TAD) knows quality. And this Fast Pack is a testament to their never-ending pursuit of perfection. It’s a nuanced take on older canvas sacks and built for minimalist daily carry either in the outdoors or in the city. TAD integrated various MIL-SPEC materials and hardware into the pack and ended up with a design full of features that continues to raise the bar in terms of everyday carry packs.
Filson Tin Cloth Backpack
Based out of the Pacific Northwest, Filson’s been in the gear game since 1897 so with a lifespan such as this it’s obvious to assume the brand knows what they’re doing. Such is the case with this Tin Cloth Backpack. It features a tear-resistant and water-repellent outer layer and a removable tablet sleeve that fits a standard-sized laptop. The interior is fully lined in nylon and with the bag’s saddle-grade tanned leather straps, you’ll never be more than an adjustment away from comfort.
Defy Bags Bucktown Backpack
Anyone familiar with the windy city probably recognizes the nomenclature of this handsome backpack. Named for Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, these bags are handmade in the very same Burrough. It’s designed as the ultimate daypack thanks to the original waxed canvas composition and two large easily accessible compartments providing excess storage space. The Bucktown also hosts a padded computer pouch along with various other side pockets to keep any and all carry at the ready.
What’s nice about the GR1, besides the fact of course that each backpack is hand built in the USA, is that there are two sizes from which you can choose: 21L and 26L. The GR1 is GoRuck’s first and still most popular piece of gear that works well in all situations from war zones to office commuting to weekend getaways. It features a separate bombproof compartment that protects your laptop and buyers can even customize it with a patch of their choice. It features Special Forces-grade materials in the bag’s composition and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Mission Workshop The Vandal
Yet another San Francisco gem, Mission Workshop makes some of the best American-made bags. The Vandal, their highly-popular cargo pack, hosts a water-resistant main compartment that dually functions as either a roll-top or a more traditional flap-down. This feature allows the Vandal to quickly and easily double in size when needed to accommodate any extra gear you may need for the trip. There are also multiple waterproof compartments, a carbon fiber reinforced internal suspension system, urethan-coated zippers, and it comes with a lifetime warranty to boot.
Colfax Design Works SDP_01
The SDP_01 is the updated version of the Huntington Beach-based brand’s famed Recon pack. Like all of the products from the technical goods company, the SDP_01 is built to adapt and survive in any environment thanks to the weatherproof Cordura fabric that makes up the pack’s exterior, Mil-Spec webbing and air mesh, YKK Weather-Guard zippers, and its advanced modular cargo system attachments. The pack hosts a large main roll compartment, designated laptop pocket, and allows for quick access to the top pocket for keeping internal valuables near at all times.
KillSpencer Utility Backpack
Nothing wrong with getting a little luxurious with your everyday backpack. Based out of Los Angeles, KillSpencer strives to provide a high level of performance and functionality into their designs. This bag, in particular, is a great organizer for tech and made from premium black leather and hosts a thick bull hide leather bottom, handle, front flap and accents. In the interior, you’ll also find a fire retardant and the waterproof nylon lining that is sure to keep any and all tech out of harms way.